March 26, 1998 |
Sharon Chada reaches into her tote bag, pulling from it the March issue of Buzz magazine, with actress Julianna Margulies on the cover. "Look at this," Chada laments, rifling through articles about "ER" star Margulies, Oscar hype and teenage homophobia in Los Angeles high schools. "There are no 'must reads' here." Chada is more than a disappointed reader. She is the new majority owner of Buzz, the struggling 8-year-old magazine about Los Angeles.
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May 24, 1997 |
Although writer Sandra Tsing Loh was born in Newport Beach and raised in Malibu, she spent summers in Egypt, Brazil and other places she remembers as more stressful than exotic. Accounts of brushes with terrorists are typical of her tales of travels with her eccentric family. But it's the San Fernando Valley that captures Loh's imagination. For four years, the 35-year-old Van Nuys resident wrote a regular column about the Valley for trendy Buzz magazine.
May 8, 1997 |
From the West L.A. window of Mark Smelzer's office at Buzz magazine, the working city shimmers in a thicket of tall buildings. But there's only one that Smelzer would like to leap in a single bound. "That's L.A. magazine," says the boyish publisher. "It keeps us on our toes." Buzz has been practicing its releves by appealing to its little patch of the universe--that redundancy known as hip Hollywood.
October 19, 1996 |
Buzz Magazine Names New Editor: Deputy editor Marilyn Bethany will replace Allan Mayer, a co-founder of the Los Angeles-based magazine who resigned as editor Tuesday. Bethany, who oversaw style coverage at Buzz, said there would be no drastic changes in the money-losing magazine, which has witnessed several high-level resignations.
October 16, 1996 |
Allan Mayer, a co-founder of Buzz magazine, resigned as editor on Tuesday, reportedly over differences with a consultant hired by the Los Angeles publication's wealthy Thai owner. Mayer's resignation comes six months after another co-founder, Susan Gates, was forced out as publisher in a dispute involving management consultant Ned Kennan. With Mayer gone, only one of the magazine's co-founders, Eden Collinsworth, remains.
May 23, 1996 |
Sandra Tsing Loh is a radical among her friends. Loh's friends happen to fit the definition of set-painting, freelance bohemian types. So, of course, that means she's married, likes to barbecue and enjoys her happy home in the much- maligned Valley--pool, Ikea furniture and all. It was not always thus. In Loh's not-too-distant youth, the writer-cum-performance artist was in the throes of her avant-garde phase, living in that other Valley, the one where Pasadena nestles.